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Ellison Ranked One of Most Influential Congress Members On Twitter

The Minnesota Congressman and his fellow members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus released their 'Budget for all.'

Last week, Rep. Keith Ellison was ranked on several top 10 lists of members of Congress on Twitter. He was listed as the fifth most engaged, the eighth most influential and the eighth most trusted. However, on the list of the most trusted, he is listed as a Republican instead of a Democrat.

The lists were in a study called "Yeas and Nays of the Congressional Twitterverse," published by public relations firm Edelman. The lists were created using TweetLevel, which uses an algorithm to track tweeters and score them using 40 different metrics.

On the same day the Twitter study was released, Ellison and other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus released their "Budget for all" in response to the Republicans' "The Path to Prosperity."

According to Ellison's campaign website, "The CPC version emphasizes new spending programs for infrastructure, defense cuts and increased taxes on the wealthy."

“In the Republican vision for America, the Medicare guarantee is stripped from our parents and grandparents, Wall Street greed is rewarded while the middle class continues to shrink and more of our tax dollars are handed over to millionaires, billionaires and the corporate special interests who can afford an army of lobbyists," Ellison said.

Also last week, Ellison appeared on The O'Reilly Factor. O'Reilly asked him if he would support military action against Iran if sanctions fail.

"No, I wouldn't. I would have to know much, much more than that. At this point, Bill, what we know now is that neither Israeli or American military experts have the ... have come to the conclusion that Iran has even decided to build a bomb. And then their conclusion is that if and when that conclusion is arrived at by Iranian leadership it will take a year to develop one. Then they'll take years after that to come up with a delivery system.

"So, I'm not on your show today going to say I'm going to authorize military action. There is a long way before that. We need diplomacy. And that's what we need right now."

Kevin O'Donovan March 27, 2012 at 08:55 AM
Ellison is misrepresenting the proposals put forth by the GOP and specifically Rep.Ryan. Ellison is one of the Dem. legislators who passed the disastrous Obamacare legislation, without even knowing what was in it. Why should we think he knows what's happening now? He actively supported a massive restructuring of our health care system without reading the legislation. The "Congressman from CAIR" is also the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as a supporter of Louis Farrakhan. This type of divisive representation, possible criminal associations, and careless voting record is not in the best interest of Minnesotans. He should be voted out of office during the November elections. We can do much better without him. We don't need partisan incendiary race baiters, of any color, to be representing us in Congress. We don't need fictional scapegoats. We need fair, honest, competent representation. Ellison is not fit for office.
Matt Small March 31, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Totally agree.

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